Federal government is to introduce an innovation ward to encourage Nigerian youths to participate in Information Communication Technology, ICT, towards making ICT the main drivers for social economy development of country.
Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu who disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the 14th Innovation Africa Digital IAD, Summit organised by Galaxy Backbone in partnership with Extensia Ltd., UK, yesterday in Abuja, assured that the federal government would encourage ICT, development and innovation to boost the economy.
Shittu said, “The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo has directed my ministry to introduce an innovation award in Nigeria, where young elements will be encouraged to hold intro-innovation centre, technology hubs, over a period of time and bring new ideas towards diversifying the economy away from oil sector.
According to him, By leveraging on its potential as a massive employment and wealth generation, governments also use ICT as an indispensable tool on war against corruption and insecurity”.
The minister noted that introduction of an innovation award would encourage talented young Nigerians to participate in ICT, “if Nigerian government encourages ICT development and innovation, Nigeria will be better for it”.
Shittu said, “With this in place, it would go a long way in addressing the high rate of unemployment bedeviling the nation, was looking forward to having a country with strong, diversified, sustainable and competitive economy”.
The minister noted that, “an economy that can effectively harness the talents and energies of its people and responsibly exploits its natural endowments and ICT potential”.
The minister noted that by harnessing these potential, it would guarantee a high standard of living and quality of life to Nigerians.
He assured that government would create the enabling environment for business to strive and ICT, is one area of business that lucrative and dynamic that needs government attention and support.
While retreating government commitment to intensify support for local content policy, which demands that organizations and industries in Nigeria, including government agencies.
In his remarks, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr. Babachir Lawal, described the event as a new dawn for the collective move to have a more connected government and a digital Nigerian society.
Lawal said that the initiative marked the commemoration of a lot of efforts and synergy, which represents a significant milestone in the ongoing commitment to infuse ICT and innovation into the governance of Nigeria and the society.

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